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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK
RAVENSWORD: SHADOWLANDS
iOS ($6.99)

Ravensword: Shadowlands is the highly anticipated sequel to Ravensword: Aralon, and even though we thought that one couldn’t get any better, Ravensword 2 has met all our lofty expectations and then some, offering an expansive world filled with magic, adventure, and lore. Tyreas is under siege after a war against the dark elves goes wrong, and it’s your destiny to seek the three Ravenstones that will provide passage to the Shadowlands, where you’ll confront the demon trying to rip the world asunder.

If you’ve been looking for the equivalent of Skyrim on your iOS device, Shadowlands is the closest you’re gonna get, with jaw-dropping environments, open-world exploration options, and loads of quests and combat to slake your RPG lust. There’s even the requisite character customization at the game’s outset and the ability to purchase and furnish houses. Both options are pretty impressive, especially for a mobile title.

The controls, combat, and leveling mechanics smoothly propel the game forward, and the storyline is engaging (albeit a bit recycled from standard fantasy tropes). The talent system is well balanced, and we love that it lets us mold characters to our desires instead of forcing us into one particular skillset. Ravensword: Shadowlands is a stellar iOS game and sets the bar for mobile RPGs delightfully high. 

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UNDERGROUND KINGDOM
iPad ($2.99)

As kids, we were obsessed with Choose Your Own Adventure books, so we're thrilled that after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Underground Kingdom has gone live on the App Store. It’s an interactive storybook that brings the CYA series into the digital age, with the original author of the series, Edward Packard, on board and providing his favorite stories to Visual Baker Studios for translation into interactive Gamebooks.

Underground Kingdom revolves around a deep crevasse in Greenland, where it's rumored that a black hole at the center of the earth is potentially a portal into a vast, strange world inside our planet. It’s up to you to navigate the book and choose wisely during your travels. This interactive book is a brilliant re-imagining of the original series, and we're hoping to see more Gamebook releases as time goes on.

Full disclosure: The writer of this article was totally a Kickstarter backer of Underground Kingdom, because CYA books wrote much of her youth.

WIDE SKY
iPhone ($0.99)

Wow, Wide Sky is a weird game. Created by one man, Marcus Eckert, Wide Sky delves into the strange world of laboratory testing, ropes, and hedgehogs. According to the game, hedgehogs “have wicked souls and need guidance,” and you’ll help occupy them with rope training and swinging from the clouds. Like we said, weird. But also oddly awesome in its own way.

Obviously, you can’t just swing around for no reason, so Wide Sky adds in a collecting element via orbs in the sky. Breaking them and grabbing the shards is the name of the game, and you’ll have a set time in which to do it for each level. There are a variety of ropes (some with special powers to activate in-game) that provide unique challenges while you play, and though it all sounds bizarre, Wide Sky comes together in a very charming way, making it a worthy title for your iPhone or iPod.

WAVE TRIP
iOS ($1.99)

Wave Trip is a musical game unlike most we’ve ever played on iOS. And it’s hard. We’ll explain that in a bit, but before that, you should probably know what Wave Trip is all about. This is a little side-scrolling game where you’ll control a ship, collect stuff, and avoid hazards. Normally, this would seem pretty status quo, but when you mix in a song that unfolds as you collect coins and other objects, it takes the game into a cool, abstract place we’re really into.

It’s a pretty fun concept, and the artwork is just the right amount of abstract to match the game content. However, there is a crazy learning curve in Wave Trip, one that may frustrate newer iOS gamers and even turn off veteran players. It takes a good while to “get” the looser control scheme, but overall, it’s a solid effort that’s worth checking out, especially if you love a challenge.

SUPERSIGHT
iOS (FREE)

SuperSight Trailer from Preloaded on Vimeo.

This is a whole week of beautiful and strange games, and SuperSight continues that trend with a quirky little title that began as a flash game. You play as a warrior learning how to achieve “Clear Sight” through a series of challenges atop Mount Wrong. As you play, you’ll learn new abilities to aid in your quest for “Clear Sight” and replenish your ability pool with coins collected from beating up bad guys.

SuperSight combines a highly stylized look with a zen-inducing soundtrack, offering an interesting experience that’s neither totally relaxing nor overly adrenaline pumping. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it is different. Since it’s free, we’re happy to recommend giving SuperSight a whirl. Don’t be surprised though if you don’t understand it. We’re still not sure if we do.

Ashley Esqueda is a host, cylon, and all-around mobile nerd who also works for Mobile Nations and runs an obscenity-laden tech podcast called Techfoolery. If you're playing a game you think should be in Knuckle Up, follow her on Twitter or circle her on Google+ and send it over!

PRIMA Cinema Brings New Movie Releases To Your Home -- For A Price

We've long dreamed of a day when we could download freshly released movies to our TVs, and now, that day has arrived... but with a steep price! PRIMA Cinema gave us some hands-on time with their product, and it's an amazing service for anyone who can't make it to their local cineplex on opening weekend to see the latest, greatest releases. The cost? A cool $35,000 for the primary unit and remote fingerprint reader, plus an additional $500 per viewing, or a TBD annual fee for an unlimited subscription. Now, that seems astronomical, we know. However, it's chump change next to the cost of installing professional projection equipment (which can run well over $100K). In addition to those equipment costs, you also have to be on a super secret screener list called the "Bel-Air Circuit" that gives access to first-run theatrical releases. Oh, and that circuit is per studio, and even if you make one studio's list, it doesn't guarantee you'll be placed on any other studio's list. Hollywood heavy hitters like Ari Emanuel, George Clooney, and Les Moonves are all on the list, so if you're expecting an invitation, don't hold your breath.

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week: 

GAME OF THE WEEK
JOE DANGER TOUCH
iOS ($2.99)

When we heard Joe Danger was getting an iOS port, it was a pretty exciting moment for us. After all, we’d played it on our consoles, and it seemed like a great port. We were right, as Joe Danger Touch has been crafted specifically for a touchscreen experience, and it’s done perfectly. You follow the ubiquitous Joe Danger as he performs daring feats of bravado on his bike, which is a lot tougher than it might seem at first. 

There are 50 levels in Joe Danger, but you’ll be playing through most of them more than once to pick up the coveted “Pro” medal for each. To grab it, you’ll need to run the level perfectly, and that often takes memorizing a certain section or pulling off a tricky maneuver. The controls are perfectly balanced, and it’s a lot of fun popping wheelies, ducking, flying over shark tanks, and racing opponents.

A healthy and robust challenge system is also in place, once again adding replay value to just about every part of Joe Danger Touch. Unlocking new costumes, challenging friends to beat your high scores, and pushing through the last 10-15 levels or so are incredibly satisfying moments in the game, making Joe Danger Touch a must-buy if you’re on iOS.

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The New Razer Edge Tablet: A Real Game Changer

The Razer’s Edge tablet blew away both consumers and journalists at this year’s CES, and we got a little time with it in all its varying form factors, leaving impressed by its ability to handle even higher-end PC games with relative ease. 

The Razer Edge, if you haven’t heard about it, is the only tablet out there running a full build of Windows 8 on an Intel processor and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GPU. That’s right, this bad boy is basically a desktop PC in tablet form -- no watered down, integrated graphics here -- and it’s finally ready for the masses to behold. But how does it perform?

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Hands On Tomb Raider Multiplayer Preview AKA LOST Deathmatch Mode

When we think of Tomb Raider, "multiplayer" isn't traditionally the first word that jumps to the front of our psyche, so we were curious to see how the recently announced multiplayer component plays out in the game's universe. Joe Khoury, Producer at Eidos Montreal, shared with us how they wanted to really bring in pieces from great multiplayer experiences and customize them to work within the Tomb Raider universe, while still creating something unique. They've definitely brought an experience that feels familiar to play, but it's also fresh and genuinely fun to experience.

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week: 

GAME OF THE WEEK
HUNDREDS
iOS ($2.99 - Limited Time)

Hundreds is a perfect example of minimalist game design, and it’s a great way to kick off 2013 here on Knuckle Up. We’re loving this ultra simple game of circles, and you’ll love it too... at first. A little backstory before we dig into Hundreds: the designer of this game, SemiSecret, is the very same studio that brought us endless runner Canabalt, and at the most recent Indiecade, Hundreds was an official selection. It’s a strong pedigree, to be sure; however, does this puzzle game stack up against its competition?

The concept and goal of Hundreds is simple: touch floating circles to increase their size (and the number inside them). Get enough circles ballooned up to total 100, and you’ve beaten the level. Sounds easy, right? Each puzzle presents a scenario designed to make attaining 100 more and more difficult as the game progresses. Oh, and let’s not forget this critical piece of information: when you touch a circle, it turns red as it expands, and if you touch another object while it’s red, you’re dead.

Hundreds is a beautiful juxtaposition of simplicity in design alongside increasingly complex solutions. It’s no wonder folks are already raving about it on social media, and often, they’re playing with a friend due to the fantastic multitouch capabilities. Even though it may seem basic at first glance, Hundreds is anything but, and well deserving of our Game of the Week.

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it.

This week, we’re talking about our most anticipated games for 2013. Check out what we’re looking forward to in mobile gaming next year:

INFINITY BLADE: DUNGEONS
iOS (TBA)

The biggest iOS franchise ever will be returning next year with something a little bit different. Infinity Blade: Dungeons looks to bring a top-down, Diablo-esque feel to the IB universe. It’s also a pretty awesome plot that’s a prequel to the first and second Infinity Blade: you’re the apprentice to the Master of the Forge, and you must battle your way through the game in order to craft the Infinity Blade. If that isn’t awesome, we don’t know what is.

The first time we saw a glimpse of Dungeons was at the iPad event back in March of 2012; however, there were a few shifts in development (including a transition from Epic’s North Carolina studio to Impossible Games), so Dungeons got pushed back to 2013. Sure, we wish we were already playing it now, but the trailer holds so much promise -- not to mention Impossible Games has been adding their genius and baking even more awesome in -- we’re willing to wait a little bit longer for what looks to be one of the biggest iOS titles of the year.

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it.

This week, we're talking about our five favorite games this year! Here's who made our "Best of 2012" list: 

GAME OF THE YEAR

THE WALKING DEAD
iOS (Episode 1 FREE - Limited Time)

Telltale Games has picked up a huge barrel of accolades for The Walking Dead, and we're adding one more to the bunch by naming it our 2012 Mobile Game of the Year. Participating in the gory, zombie-infested journey of Lee and his unplanned ward Clementine was both horrifying and heartbreaking. We can't count how many times we felt helpless as we made impossible choices affecting our entire party's feelings toward us, or how many times we weren't quite sure what to say to someone to quell their inner demons.

Attempting to shield Clementine from the perils of both zombie and human, and the gut wrenching sequences we experienced as each chapter played out was a perfect example of how mobile games don't need to mean simple, or childish; indeed, The Walking Dead served as a model for dramatic storytelling, beyond the platform. We could have watched this short story play out on our screens between seasons of the TV show (not unlike Battlestar Galactica's Razor), and it would have easily served as a parallel-timeline-slash-prequel.

There's no point in spoiling the story for you if you haven't played The Walking Dead, but there's no doubt in our minds it was the best of the best in both environment, character development, plot, and plain tugging at the ol' heartstrings. A well deserved accolade for Telltale Games, along with a hope that they'll continue to produce this type of polished, high-level content.

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS
iOS ($4.99)

We love the fact that adventure games are making a big comeback via mobile, and Hollywood Monsters (a.k.a. The Next Big Thing on PC) is yet another stellar iOS entry from Bulkypix and Pendulo Studios. Set in a world where monsters not only exist, but are huge movie stars in blockbuster horror flicks, Hollywood Monsters is the tale of ditzy rookie reporter Liz Allaire and curmudgeonly-yet-handsome Dan Murray. Like any good adventure game, our heroes get caught up in a plot bigger than they are, that threatens the livelihoods of the moviestars they’ve been sent to interview.

You’ll alternate between controlling Liz and Dan as they get to the bottom of the mystery unfolding around them. As with any Pendulo Studios point-and-click adventure, the puzzles are varied, fun, and offer unique perspectives and challenges. We especially enjoyed one sequence involving what goes on inside Liz’s mind... we won’t spoil it for you, but we will say that the game gets weird in all the right ways. It’s very reminiscent of the golden days of point-and-click, which will make a lot of you happy.

The game is huge, both environmentally and size-wise; indeed, you’ll need 4GB of open storage just to install Hollywood Monsters. Fortunately, the game itself is packed with gorgeous visuals, hilarious dialogue, and fantastic voiceovers for each character no matter how small their role. There’s no doubt in our minds Hollywood Monsters is one of the best point-and-click adventures released on iOS this year, so if you’re even a little bit curious, make the space and get to  installing it (and you will need space).

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

THE WALKING DEAD: ASSAULT

iOS ($1.99)

What's this? Another licensed Walking Dead game for iOS? Yup, but this time, it's not an alternate timeline with choices to be made. The Walking Dead: Assault is all about the main characters in the comic book and shooting/hacking down walkers. This isn't a touching, moving story about survival and humanity; on the contrary, you'll spend levels in Assault collecting supplies, keeping yourself alive, and rescuing other survivors.

This game's story more closely follows the comic books (there are some minor continuity errors with team members able to go back to areas before Rick recruits them). You'll control a party of up to 4 in each area and will be tasked with things like killing all walkers and rescuing new party members. Each member has a special ability, so there's some strategy in choosing who goes/stays in later missions. It sounds crazy, but Assault makes you feel like you're playing a top-down, living version of the comics. Bonus: Shane's "Freakout" special actually helps in this game, as opposed to just causing drama between Rick and the group.

Walking Dead: Assault is a fantastic little pick-up-and-play game from Skybound. They're the same company that publishes the comics, so it's no surprise they flat out nail the gritty, dark tone of the books. While the IAP gets a bit more insistent in later levels, it's nothing a seasoned mobile gamer can resist. For a couple bucks, it's a great investment if you love The Walking Dead.

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GAME OF THE WEEK

WALKING DEAD: THE GAME

iOS ($4.99 for Episode 1; Episodes 2-5 via IAP)

The Walking Dead is one of the best shows on TV right now, and Telltale Games brings the horror, the personal relationships, and the consequences that come with both themes in Walking Dead: The Game. It's been out for a while now, but we've held off on including it here so that we could play through the entire five episode story arc -- and what a story it is. Protagonist Lee's journey takes us through a parallel timeline to the show's, offering a glimpse at a new band of survivors dealing with the walker infection.

You'll meet up with some familiar faces throughout your journey, but the greatest part of Walking Dead: The Game is that it focuses on the same thing the graphic novel and TV show does: how the hero's choices affect everything and everyone around him. You'll often have to decide who lives and dies, who eats, and who learns (or doesn't learn) your past, and those choices will change how folks in your group feel about you or someone else.

The writing is spectacular, presenting us with dynamic characters who simply feel real. There aren't any pure heroes or villains in Walking Dead: The Game, and by the end of all five episodes, you'll feel closure. You'll also feel emotionally exhausted, as you become truly invested in the survival of the little girl Lee promises to protect soon after the game's start, and yourself. If you love the comic, if you love the show -- hell, even if you just love zombies and contextual gameplay -- do not miss Walking Dead: The Game. It's a masterpiece. 

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

DREAM OF PIXELS

iOS ($2.99)

We’re all familiar wtih Tetris, the classic shapes-falling puzzle game that captured gamers’ hearts (and left them with the soundtrack incessantly playing in their heads). Strategically placing tetrominos are back in a big way with Dream of Pixels, an interesting puzzle game inspired by the old classic. This time around, though, you’ll be playing what amounts to “backwards Tetris,” in a way.

A cloud cover descends on your iOS device’s screen, and you’ll be presented with a tetromino to place at the cloud’s edge. Dropping a piece clears that bit of cloud, so instead of making lines, you’ll be clearing them -- and the descent speeds up every 10 lines cleared. There’s more than just one way to play, too: in addition to Classic, other modes include Pro, Nightmare, Shattered Dreams, and Puzzle.

Dream of Pixels is a brilliant twist on classic Tetris, offering an interesting and somewhat relaxing jaunt through the world of tetrominos and stunning visuals, all set to a mellow soundtrack that will keep you calm as you reach higher levels.

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS

iOS ($0.99) HD ($2.99) | Android (FREE) HD ($2.99)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Rovio’s newest franchise-joining blockbuster, Star Wars Angry Birds. And as much as we might want to be sick of those birds and pigs... dammit, Angry Birds Star Wars is freaking awesome. It’s a collaboration among the greats of franchise mash-ups, and is easily the best in the franchise.

The birds have been redesigned to mirror your favorite Star Wars heroes: Luke, Obi-Wan, Han, and more all make an appearance. As always, each bird has special abilities; this time, the birds’ specials are specifically Star Wars themed: the “Luke” bird has a lightsaber, “Han” shoots his pistol, and so on. It’s a brilliant way to integrate the Star Wars universe into the world of Angry Birds.

Areas like Tatooine, the Death Star, and Dagobah combine the traditional feel of Angry Birds and the mad genius of Angry Birds Space -- and it’s easy to see why Angry Birds Space is already one of the top paid apps in both the App Store and the Google Play Store. If you’ve ever loved either franchise, don’t hesitate to pick this one up.

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week (and before you go nuts, don’t worry -- Angry Birds Star Wars will be on the list next week after we’ve had a little more time with it!):

GAME OF THE WEEK

ARC SQUADRON

iOS (FREE) ($0.99)

A gorgeous, responsive, fun space shooter is a game a lot of people have waited for on iOS, and now, their patience has finally paid off in spades via Arc Squadron. Inspired by the super awesome Starfox franchise, Arc Squadron pulls together all the pieces of a sometimes-difficult puzzle when it comes to shooters.

The story’s pretty standard: a dastardly race of entities called the Guardians are running about, pillaging planets and ruining stuff for the universe, and you’re an ace pilot in the elite Arc Squadron unit who seems to be humanity’s last hope. What makes Arc Squadron so masterful is a combination of masterful one-touch controls, gorgeous environments, and an expansive level offering.

With over 60 levels and 20+ locations, the ever-evolving landscape your pilot traverses is always jaw-dropping and dynamic, with that Starfox-esque look and feel that we’ve so desperately missed on iOS. Without question, Arc Squadron is one of the best space shooters we’ve ever played on iOS. Barrel roll!

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How We're Becoming... Repo Men

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Posted November 8, 2012 - By Ashley Esqueda

“How We’re Becoming...” takes a look at existing (and upcoming technology) that seems to have come directly from pop culture, and how it intends to weave new threads into the fabric of society. We’ve all seen or heard something fictional we want desperately to materialize (we’re looking at you, Hoverboard), and these are the concepts that are actually coming true.

Ah, Repo Men. A film where an evil corporation (The Union) privately manufactures and sells artificial organs an insane prices by extending credit to desperate buyers hoping to extend their lives. Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forrest Whitaker) play repo guys who show up when you miss a payment to take back past-due organs. That can be... well, messy.

How We're Becoming... Repo Men

Source: Universal Pictures

...But what if fully functional vital organs grown in a lab were real? What if, in the near future, we could simply walk into a hospital and buy a fresh heart with no prior owner or fear of our body rejecting it?

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